fend off

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fend off

1. To fight off someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." What is the best way to fend off an attacker? Her bodyguards tried to fend off all the photographers, but there were too many.
2. To try to prevent something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." Getting a flu shot will help you to fend off future illness.
See also: fend, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fend someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. We knew we could fend them off only a little while longer. They could not fend off the attackers.
See also: fend, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fend off

v.
1. To try to prevent something; avert something: To fend off cavities, brush your teeth regularly.
2. To turn something aside; repel something: The troops fended the enemy off. My neighbor fended off the reporters who blocked her driveway.
See also: fend, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The Palestinians said the settlers had entered Mughayir and that its residents tried to fend them off. The Israeli military said its forces 'dispersed' the crowds.
Mayor of the village, Amin Abu-Elayya, said the clashes erupted after a group of armed Jewish settlers attacked the outskirts of the village, before local citizens attempted to fend them off.
I turned around and managed to fend them off again.
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The Ivorians did put some pressure late in the game but Colombia was able to fend them off to win the match.
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (TAP)-Two suicide bombers trying to storm a popular Western-style restaurant in the Somali capital on Saturday detonated their explosive vests at the entrance, killing the security guard who tried to fend them off and wounding several others.
The Hall drew 6-4 in their away date on May 12 when Williams 54 and Alex Smith 45 put them in a commanding position only for Rainhill to fend them off as new pro Ali Mudassir grabbed 4-42 and James Hurlin 3-30.
They forced their way in and it is believed the man was shot in both legs as he tried to fend them off. He then sought refuge in a neighbour's garden while the gang searched the man's house for his car keys and made off.